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We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the Ame...
by Steve Beaven

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

January 01, 2020

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<p><b>The inspiring true story of the tragic loss and triumphant resurrection of a basketball team and its coach at the heart of a small Indiana town.</b></p><p>By 1977 the University of Evansville鈥檚 Purple Aces basketball team had won five small-college national championships. With a charismatic young coach and a freshman phenom, this small Indiana city hoped to see its team shine in the national spotlight. Then, on a foggy night, after just four games, the plane carrying the team and its coach crashed after takeoff, killing everyone on board.</p><p>The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But, with the support of a city in mourning, ambitious new coach Dick Walters promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans. Against all odds, his young men made history.</p><p>A tribute to those who were lost, and to those who carried on, <i>We Will Rise</i> is the rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the spirit of a resilient community.</p>
Thank You for My Service
by , Nils Parker

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English

Pages

213

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?The unapologetic, laugh-your-ass-off military memoir both vets and civilians have been waiting for, from a five-tour Army Ranger turned YouTube phenomenon and zealous advocate for veterans</b><br />聽<br /> Members of the military鈥檚 special operations branches share a closely guarded secret: They love their jobs. They relish the opportunity to fight. They are thankful for it, even, and hopeful that maybe, possibly, they鈥檒l also get to kill a bunch of bad guys while they鈥檙e at it. You don鈥檛 necessarily need to thank them for their service鈥攖he pleasure is all theirs.<br /><br /> In this hilarious and personal memoir, readers ride shotgun alongside former Army Ranger and private military contractor and current social media phenomenon Mat Best, into the action and its aftermath, both abroad and at home. From surviving a skin infection in the swampy armpit of America (aka Columbus, Georgia) to kicking down doors on the outskirts of Ramadi, from blowing up a truck full of enemy combatants to witnessing the effects of a suicide bombing right in front of your face,<i> Thank You for My Service</i>聽gives readers who love America and love the good guys fresh insight into what it鈥檚 really like inside the minds of the men and women on the front lines.<br /><br /> It鈥檚 also a sobering yet steadying glimpse at life for veterans after the fighting stops, when the enemy becomes self-doubt or despair and you begin to wonder why anyone should be thanking you for anything, least of all your service. How do you keep going when something you love turns you into somebody you hate? For veterans and their friends and families,聽<i>Thank You for My Service</i> will offer comfort, in the form of a million laughs, and counsel, as a blueprint for what to do after the war ends and the real fight begins.<br /><br /> And for civilians, this is the insider account of military life you won鈥檛 find anywhere else, told with equal amounts of heart and balls. It鈥檚 <i>Deadpool</i> meets <i>Captain America</i>, except one went to business school and one went to therapy, and it鈥檚 anyone鈥檚 guess which is which.
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
by Ron Chernow

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English

Pages

834

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<b>National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist</b><br /> 聽<br /> From the acclaimed, award-winning author of <i>Alexander Hamilton</i>: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.鈥攖he Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism. In the course of his nearly 98 years, Rockefeller was known as both a rapacious robber baron, whose Standard Oil Company rode roughshod over an industry, and a philanthropist who donated money lavishly to universities and medical centers. He was the terror of his competitors, the bogeyman of reformers, the delight of caricaturists鈥攁nd an utter enigma.<br /> 聽<br /> Drawing on unprecedented access to Rockefeller鈥檚 private papers, Chernow reconstructs his subjects鈥?troubled origins (his father was a swindler and a bigamist) and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. But he also uncovers the profound religiosity that drove him 鈥渢o give all I could鈥? his devotion to his father; and the wry sense of humor that made him the country鈥檚 most colorful codger. <i>Titan</i> is a magnificent biography鈥攂alanced, revelatory, elegantly written.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold...
by Ben Macintyre

Language

English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>The celebrated author of聽<i>Double Cross</i>聽and聽<i>Rogue Heroes</i>聽returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling聽<i>Americans</i>-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.</b><br /><br />鈥淭he best true spy story I have ever read.鈥濃€擩OHN LE CARR脡<br /></b><br /> If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.聽<br /><br /> Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carr茅, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.
Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving
by Mo Rocca

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>From beloved CBS <i>Sunday Morning </i>correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who have </b><b>long fascinated him.</b><br /><br />Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries鈥攔eading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired <i>Mobituaries, </i>his #1 hit podcast. Now with <i>Mobituaries</i>, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you鈥檝e never understood why they matter...until now.<br /> <br />Take Herbert Hoover: before he was president, he was the 鈥淕reat Humanitarian,鈥?the man who saved tens of millions from starvation. But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten. Then there鈥檚 Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot. Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany. And what about Billy Carter and history鈥檚 unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne鈥檈r-do-well liabilities鈥r secret weapons? Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons. Yes, dragons.<br /> <br />Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can. <i>Mobituaries </i>is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.
Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow

Language

English

Pages

818

Publication Date

March 29, 2005

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<p><b>A聽<i>New York Times</i>聽Bestseller, and聽<b>the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical聽<i>Hamilton</i>!<br /></b><br />Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.</b><br /><br />In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis,聽<b><i>Alexander Hamilton</i></b>聽is 鈥渁 robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.鈥?lt;br /><br />Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow鈥檚 biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today鈥檚 America is the result of Hamilton鈥檚 countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. 鈥淭o repudiate his legacy,鈥?Chernow writes, 鈥渋s, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.鈥?Chernow here recounts Hamilton鈥檚 turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington鈥檚 aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America鈥檚 birth as the triumph of Jefferson鈥檚 democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we鈥檝e encountered before鈥攆rom his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton鈥檚 famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.<br /><br />Chernow鈥檚 biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America鈥檚 birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots,聽<b><i>Alexander Hamilton</i></b>聽will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.<br /><br /><b><u>鈥淣obody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow鈥澛犫€?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i>聽</u></b><br /><br /><b>Ron Chernow's other biographies include:聽<i>Grant</i>, <i>Washington</i>, and <i>Titan.</i></b></p>
A Bookshop in Berlin: The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harr...
by Francoise Frenkel

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English

Pages

287

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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<b>A <i>PEOPLE</i> BOOK OF THE WEEK</b><br /> <b>WINNER OF THE JQ鈥揥INGATE LITERARY PRIZE</b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淎 haunting tribute to survivors and those lost forever鈥攁nd a reminder, in our own troubled era, never to forget.鈥?鈥?lt;i>People</i></b><br /> <br /> <b>An 鈥渆xceptional鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal</i>) and 鈥減oignant鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i>) book in the tradition of rediscovered works like <i>Suite</i> <i>Fran莽aise </i>and <i>The Nazi Officer鈥檚 Wife</i>, the powerful memoir of a fearless Jewish bookseller on a harrowing fight for survival across Nazi-occupied Europe.</b><br /><br />In 1921, Fran莽oise Frenkel鈥攁 Jewish woman from Poland鈥攆ulfills a dream. She opens La Maison du Livre, Berlin鈥檚 first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. In 1935, the scene continues to darken. First come the new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations.<br /> <br /> Fran莽oise鈥檚 dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed. La Maison du Livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Fran莽oise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Fran莽oise survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her.<br /> <br /> Published quietly in 1945, then rediscovered nearly sixty years later in an attic, <i>A Bookshop in Berlin</i> is a remarkable story of survival and resilience, of human cruelty and human spirit. In the tradition of <i>Suite Fran莽aise </i>and <i>The Nazi Officer鈥檚 Wife</i>, this book is the tale of a fearless woman whose lust for life and literature refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hours.
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

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English

Pages

188

Publication Date

June 01, 2006

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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.<br /><br />At the time of Frankl's death in 1997,聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽among the ten most influential books in America.
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
by , Bing West

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.</b><br /><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos </i>is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. <br /><br />Mattis divides his book into three parts: direct leadership, executive leadership, and strategic leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war's grim realities with political leaders' human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.<br /><i></i><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos</i> is a memoir of lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy--one relevant to us all.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the...
by Jason Fagone

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<p><strong>National Bestseller聽</strong></p><p><strong>NPR Best Book of the Year</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淣ot all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie.鈥?鈥?lt;em>The New York Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>Joining the ranks of <em>Hidden Figures</em> and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.</strong></p><p>In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth鈥檚 story, incredibly, has never been told.</p><p>In <em>The Woman Who Smashed Codes</em>, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation鈥檚 history for forty years. After World War I, Smith used her talents to catch gangsters and smugglers during Prohibition, then accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings that were spreading like wildfire across South America, advancing ever closer to the United States. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler鈥檚 Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, inside an Army vault in Washington, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma鈥攁nd eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life.</p><p>Fagone unveils America鈥檚 code-breaking history through the prism of Smith鈥檚 life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence. Blending the lively pace and compelling detail that are the hallmarks of Erik Larson鈥檚 bestsellers with the atmosphere and intensity of <em>The Imitation Game, The Woman Who Smashed Codes</em> is page-turning popular history at its finest.</p>

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